A pair of retired travel agents, Wayne and Beverly Lemen have traveled all over the world and experienced all sorts of cultures’ interpretations of hospitality. The Lemens have taken what they have learned from this and are now giving world-class welcome tours to newcomers at their new home, Hidden Lake.
Wayne is in charge of the Welcoming Committee. “When people first move in, I greet them and try to take them to their first meal,” he says. “I show them the basics, like where to pick up their mail and how to sign up for meals.” There are a total of 13 people on the Welcoming Committee and all of them work with the new residents to help them get settled in and introduced to new people. “I think that the introduction really helps the new residents. It can ease some of the anxiety some people feel moving to a new place.”
Between the Welcoming Committee and all of the other activities the Lemens enjoy at Hidden Lake, the Lemens stay very busy. “We’re game players,” Wayne says. “We like to play bingo, pinochle and Rummikub, and we like going to trivia, and they play Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, too.”
“It’s just great having people to play with,” she says. “We really enjoy being around all of the people here.”
“And the food is great.” Beverly says. “I haven’t had to cook in five months.” A guilty look plays across her face, and she lowers her voice. “I’m kind of snitching on myself here, but since I never have to use my dishwasher, I use it to store my gift-wrap and bows.” She laughs. “You can get a lot in there!”
After their years of travel, the Lemens know good hospitality when they see it. “We’re really happy here at Hidden Lake,” Wayne says. “We have traveled all around the world and had some really exciting times, but Beverly and I have found enough to do here to keep us busy and happy. Who could ask for anything more?”